Connecting the University’s mission of civic outreach to the needs of neighboring communities, Penn’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships supports programming and course work that give Penn students opportunities to integrate learning and service. Of the 160 Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) courses that are offered through the Netter Center, around half are offered because Penn students work to identify community problems and are driven to find solutions.
Read more about the Netter Center and ABCS courses.
At Penn, we believe that students benefit from seeing the world through a variety of perspectives and from charting a course that matches their unique academic and career goals.
Penn's Civic Scholars program allows students who are leaders in the classroom the opportunity to engage with the City of Philadelphia and become leaders in the community they call home. Students who complete the four-year Civic Scholar experience earn a certification upon graduation and designation on their transcript.
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Since its founding in 1992 within the School of Arts & Sciences (SAS), CASI has continued to uphold Penn's global reputation as a leading U.S. institution of research in South Asian studies and scholarship on India. Through workshops, visiting scholars, seminars, conferences, and an online quarterly publication, CASI engages in relevant research that focuses on contemporary issues facing India and nurtures student interest in India.
Learn more about CASI.
Penn's commitment to the written word goes far beyond the classroom. Kelly Writers House is a unique programming space that is home to over 150 public programs and projects every semester. These unique opportunities include events such as live poetry, readings, film screenings, lectures, dinners, art exhibits, musical performances, workshops, and so much more. Additionally, the creative writing program at Penn highlights and supports student work both from students who are enrolled as Creative Writing majors or minors and students who are taking the courses for fun.
Learn more about Kelly Writers House and creative writing at Penn.
The College of Arts & Sciences is the heart of all the Penn programs. Spanning more than 50 majors and 2,000+ courses, the College offers a unique take on the classic liberal arts education.